Idaho's first urban peregrine falcon chicks have a new home atop the state's tallest building, Boise's 19-story Idaho First Plaza.
The five male chicks were released Thursday after being brought by Bruce Haak, specialist for the Idaho Fish and Game Department, back from Agassiz, British Columbia. They were reared in a private captive breeding center called Falcon Farms.Haak delivered the birds Wednesday to specialists from the Boise-based Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey. They banded the chicks with color-coded tags bearing the number 44.
The banding enables the federal Fish and Wildlife Service to keep track of the endangered species released in the United States.
Peregrine falcons have been placed atop high-rises in several cities across the country, including Salt Lake City, where a family of four peregrine falcons nests on an aerie at the Hotel Utah.